African Swine Fever
African swine fever (ASF) is a highly contagious disease of pigs, warthogs, European wild boar and American wild pigs. All age groups are equally susceptible. With high-virulence forms of the virus, ASF is characterised by high fever, loss of appetite, haemorrhages in the skin and internal organs, and death in 2-10 days on average. Mortality rates may be as high as 100%.
ASF is currently circulating and well-established within parts of Eastern Europe and Russia, with a reservoir of infection within the wild boar population. ASF is a disease listed on the World Organisation of Animal Health (OIE) Terrestrial Animal Health Code, reportable to the OIE on identification. The disease is also notifiable by law in the UK with more information available on the Defra website.
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- African Swine Fever poster (English)
- African Swine Fever poster (Lithuanian)
- African Swine Fever poster (Polish)
- African Swine Fever poster (Chinese)
- African Swine Fever poster (Romanian)
- Don’t bring it home ASF poster (order your free poster by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Don't feed the pigs sign (order your free sign by emailing: email@example.com)
- APHA African Swine Fever poster
- Contingency planning – movement restrictions due to an outbreak of ASF
- Report - Surveillance for non-statutory pathogens in wild boar culled in the Forest if Dean 2014-2016
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has produced a practical guide on African swine fever: what it is and how to protect domestic pigs from infection.
From causes and symptoms, to precautionary measures, a list of best practices on how to protect farm animals and wild boar populations from ASF. Watch the animation below.